Robert E. Lee

Joseph G. Totten

U.S. Mil. Academy West Point

7 Jany. 1854


I have had the honour to receive the letter of Capt. B. W. Arthur 1st Inst referred to me on
the 4th Inst. for a report. Dr. Gilbert is one of the Asst. Professors in the Ethical Dept. & has
charge of more than one half of the 4th Class in that branch of their course. To deprive them of
his services before the end of the term in June next, would be greatly to their injury—should the
service permit the detail of another officer at that time to take his place, he might if more
imperatively required with his company be relieved.

He reported at the Acady on the 28th Feby. 1850 for duty & but a short time before his

I remain very resply. your obt Servt(Signed) R. E. Lee. Br. Col:
Supt: Mil: Acady

Superintendent’s Daily Correspondence
United States Military Academy

Superintendent’s Letter Book No. 3, p. 84. Addressed “Genl. J. G. Totten Chief Engineer Washington City D.C.”